National Read-in Chain Day

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

February 4, 2007

Sunday was the 18th National African American Read-in Chain Day.

All over the country people were reading and sharing at the same time, making black literature a significant part of Black History Month.

“A lot of activities are planned and of course we encourage literacy everyday because it's the most important things for student’s success in life and obviously in school,” said Kenneth Leatherwood, principal of Charlottesville High School.

All month long students at Charlottesville High School will be learning about black history not only in the classroom, but in the books they read as well

Everyone who showed up to the read-in chain had the opportunity to read their favorite poem, short story, or their own original work.

“Basically what the program did was to celebrate literacy. Some English teachers got together and they wanted to make literature a part of black history month so this program evolved,” said Julie Weaver, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.

“Reading is such a way to expend ones learning. It gives you an opportunity to learn things you might not have known before, an opportunity to visit places you may have never gone. Reading comprehension is important because reading is the basis for all of our learning,” said Weaver.

The CHS Junior Varsity and Varsity cheerleaders gave out awards during the program to eight retired CHS faculty, a simple way of acknowledging their contributions to the school and community.

“It felt good to finally give something back to the educators who gave something back to us,” said Candice Stafford a CHS senior.

Over a million people across the country were expected to participate in the National Read-in Chain.

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